18 Things Every 18 Year Old Should Know

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From the desk of Victor Pride

Subj: How to be 18 again

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When you turn 18 you are a free man. You can kick off the shackles and go about your life as you wish.

But the plan that is likely laid out for you is a plan destined to fail, so you’ve got to make the right choices to get a jumpstart on a life of health, wealth and happiness.

Regrets are pointless, but if for some reason I was put into a time machine and found myself 18 years old again this is what I’d be glad to know.

Here are 18 things every 18 year old should know…

1) Don’t get married

She isn’t your soulmate, she isn’t “the one”, it isn’t true love. That’s my 100%, money back guarantee to you. Assuming you are a westerner, especially an American, getting married young will be the biggest mistake of your life. Just say no. As a young man you can be free to date around and play the field. Tying yourself to one woman with a Government enforced noose will do two things: turn you into a shell of a man and significantly reduce your income after she gets bored, divorces you so she can find herself, and papa Government helps her finance it with your money. Wait until later in life and pick the right wife before you sign your life away.

2) Do not make women your priority

Priority numero uno should be making money and building a life for yourself. There are 3+ billion women in the world and they are all basically the same. Your soul-mate Kimberly isn’t one in a million, at best she is about one in a hundred. She can be replaced and it’s not true love that you feel for her it is infatuation. If she wanted you then you would not want her so much but because she does not want you you want her. Make sense? No? Doesn’t matter. We want what we don’t have or what we can’t have, when we have it we don’t want it. You don’t need a psychology textbook to learn that, just a little Bold and Determined 101.

3) College doesn’t guarantee money

It is time to get women out of the schooling of boys. It is way past time. Women in our feminized classrooms are consigning generations of our sons to years of misery and diminished futures. The evidence is everywhere. Few dare notice it. -Fred Reed

College is a big joke. I said it, you read it. My freshman year of college I had a female english teacher who had the build of a linebacker and, rather than teaching us english, taught us feminism. Every day she would talk about feminism ad nauseam. If you’re thinking “wow, what a waste of time” you are right.

I wasted a great deal of time in college, aimlessly drifting through because that’s what you’re supposed to do. The cold, hard reality is that you aren’t guaranteed a job or a career and your college degree is going to be the most expensive piece of paper you ever purchase. A college degree in this day and age usually guarantees one thing: debt.

Making money and living well is completely and 100% up to you, not your piece of paper. I never learned anything in college and with good reason: colleges are filled to the brim with stupid people (see exhibit A and exhibit B). It’s not a coincidence that recent college grads look like glassy eyed morons as they serve your coffee.

Smart people simply don’t belong in college and unless you are going to school to become a physician or to get a degree in a highly technical STEM field college is almost completely unnecessary. Every successful entrepreneur I know says the same thing: “I never use my college degree for anything“. If I found myself at 18 years old, knowing what I know now, I would absolutely 100% not go to college.

4) You can make money on the internet

Getting a degree in some phoney baloney major like communications is great for wasting time pretending to be successful but there is an easier, better, freer and more profitable way to make money. Make money through the power of the internet. Look around you, what is one thing you see every person doing? They are all playing around on the internet on their laptops, smart phones and tablets. Everyone is online, you are online right now reading this, I am online writing this. The difference is that I am making money online and most of you are playing online. Kill two birds with one stone, play and make money.

If I were 18 years old right now this is exactly what I would do: I would skip college, I would read the Fastlane Forum voraciously, I would save up two thousand dollars and I would move to either Chiang Mai, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Those two places are filled to the brim with young, white foreign entrepreneurs who spend their time networking, building businesses and partying and they live on about $500 per month while doing it. I don’t even personally like those cities but it’s undeniable that they are the hub cities for young expat entrepreneurs. Go where the talent is.

5) World travel is not just a fantasy

13 years ago I watched a movie called The Beach. I was blown away. Not by the story, or the acting, but by the photography. The film takes place on an island in Thailand and when I saw the movie it looked to me like paradise. I never forgot that lagoon.

Too bad I could never visit a place like that, I thought.

You see, when I was a young man I was unaware of the possibilities. I thought it was college, job, two years into the job I could have a one or two week vacation, then I would retire. I never thought I could visit far away countries.

It was not until I read the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris that I even knew it was possible to not just visit other countries but you could actually live in other countries and it would be cheaper than living in America.

Right then and there I made my plans and I visited that island in Thailand that I saw in the movie. Nowadays I even live in Thailand and I save a ton of money doing so. It’s not impossible, frankly it’s quite easy.

6) Gym time is critical while you’re young

You must build your body and your strength, a physically weak man is a failure and the body of the average man is disgraceful. As a young man you should have a few things going for you. Those things are high testosterone, high natural growth hormone and high igf-1 levels. Take advantage of those now because when you’re older those levels diminish. Now is the time to get in the gym and build your body naturally to it’s peak. A body built when you are young will stay with you for a lifetime.

Do not take steroids as a young man, your HPTA levels are still developing. Using steroids while under 22 years of age can and will result in an underdeveloped hpta which will result in permanent lack of hpta maturity meaning you will have permanently low natural testosterone levels. Yikes!

7) Your family is full of BS

Unless your dad is a self-made millionaire your family doesn’t know what they are talking about when it comes to planning your financial future. They’ll tell you college degree, good job, marriage, retire rich. All they’re missing is a little thing called evidence. That’s a get-rich-slow scheme and it works as well as get-rich-quick schemes. That is to say, it doesn’t work.

8) Work ethic is critical to develop early

The longer you wait the lazier you get. Now is the time to get to work building your future empire. Laziness is a learned trait and ass-kicking is also a learned trait. Get to ass-kicking instead of sittin’ around on your ass. 30 Days of Discipline will give you a boot to the ass to fuel that fire and you can log your progress on the official un-official 30 Days of Discipline forum.

9) Everything is not just A or B, there is a C solution

The world is not just black and white, christian or atheist, republican or democrat, liberal or conservative. Stand on the outside and look in to make the best decisions. As soon as you say “I’m such and such” you stop thinking about things. If you say “I’m a liberal” you’ll follow liberal dogma, if you say “I’m a republican” you’ll follow republican dogma. There is a 3rd option, a 4th option, a 5th option etc. but it requires you to put on your thinking cap and not just accept your group’s POV without thought. As an outsider you will be able to see things clearly in a way that group-followers never will.

10) You have a future

Never listen to people that say “This is the best time of your life. It’s all downhill from here“. Your life is as good as you make it. Work to build yourself a future and you will have a nice one. I’ll tell you my life is phenomenally better at 30+ than it was at 18 but I never sat around pining for the old days, I was always working to make something of myself. Forget about the retirement scam, work on your own future, build yourself. Your future is yours to make, but your future will come whether you build a good one or a poor one.

11) Pay attention to money

Never pay attention to the “money is the root of all evil” talk. The people who say this are morons. Money is the #1 necessity of life. Forget about greed, money is need. Make it so you can do as you wish and have the highest amount of freedom possible. Keep multiple bank accounts with balances in each and always keep some cash on hand. Never, ever keep all your financial eggs in one basket. I learned this lesson the hard way when my American bank closed my account for no reason (read about it here), leaving me low on funds. Now I keep 10+ bank accounts in several countries.

12) Find older, accomplished men and pick their brains

If you can find one, a mentor is a great asset. In the old days these were known as ‘fathers’ but in the days of feminazism these guys aren’t around so much. Thankfully we have the internet and can make contact with people from all over the world.

13) Feminism is a sick joke

Young man, you’ve been sold a bill of goods with the whole feminism thing. Let me explain in perfect english the reality: Western women were never discriminated against, there is no such thing as ‘rape culture’, women aren’t paid less for the same work, feminism is not about equality.

Feminism is about women trying to be men without any responsibility. Feminism has left you with a pool of women who are truly insane. Solution? Kick dirt in the face of feminism.

14) If you need a job get a sales job or a manual labor job

If you need a job, if your entrepreneurial gig isn’t paying the bills, then sales or manual labor are great. Working in offices is for women and girly-men. A sales job will teach you how to make money and a manual labor job will build your body while you get paid. In fact, there are quite a few manual labor jobs that will pay you big, big bucks. You’ll have to do some travel and work some long hours but you can make 100k+ per year working on offshore oil rigs. A young man with a strong back could work 6 months out of the year doing manual labor and spend 6 months free, traveling, working on an entrepreneurial gig, or doing whatever you want.

15) Don’t buy anything on credit

Debt is slavery. Stay out of debt at all costs. If you don’t have the cash don’t buy the item. Pay everything upfront, no payment plan no credit. If you use credit cards to build up your credit always pay them off 100% at the end of the month. Think of credit cards as delayed payment debit cards.

16) Don’t bother choosing a career

I’m not an artist, I’m a hustler. As a hustler I’ve done many things. You should really believe it when I tell you that, ’cause I’m not being sarcastic. I’m a total hustler. What that means is I’ve hustled to make a buck and I’ve hustled to change the world and I’ve hustled to take revenge – but it’s always hustling. I’ve never had a career or a single goal. I’ve never been formally educated. To get things together, to make a living, I constantly have to hustle. – Vincent Gallo

Choosing a career is pointless and choosing your life path at 18 years old is just silly. You don’t even need a career, you can do many, many, many things throughout your life.

17) Nobody believes in you

It’s true, no one believes you can succeed outside of the college, job, marriage paradigm. Big deal. Frankly, they are right to not believe in you because until you have walked the walk you are just a daydreamer. Until you have accomplished what you have set out to accomplish there is absolutely no reason for anyone to believe in you. All you need to do is realize that no one believes in you and don’t seek approval. Approval is for dogs, men take what they want and don’t ask permission.

18) Be proud of who you are

If you’re a young white man then you have just come from a schooling system where scumbags have tried to make you feel bad about being a white male. I remember vividly in my high school that all problems were the fault of white men. Young man, you can be happy to know that that is all baloney and you have zero reason to feel bad about being white. White people are the least racist, least sexist people on the face of the earth and I can assure you that is a fact. The nice guy always has to eat shit and when it comes to race, the white guy is the nice guy. Never apologize for who you are or for what color you are. You aren’t a dog so don’t tuck your tail between your legs.

BONUS: What to do if you’re younger than 18

I get a lot of messages from young men under the age of 18 asking what they can do. My answer is this: Endure. When you’re 18 you’re free and you can do as you please. Until then you’ve got to do what mommy and daddy say. 18 will come before you know it, that’s a guarantee. Until then just endure. Try and build yourself a business on the internet, try and build your body by going to the gym or exercising at home and count down the minutes to freedom. That’s exactly what I did as a young man. Counted down the minutes, hours and days until I was free. It seemed like forever at the time, now it feels like it was the snap of a finger.

Good luck, and have a nice day.

Your man,

-Victor Pride

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  1. deadwarrior says:

    What you have written might have been wrong few decades back here in India but unfortunately entire world is becoming America and today this feminism shit has spread so much even in my country

    • Fastlaner says:

      I don’t think Victor is talking about India, which is a disgusting country were women actually ARE discriminated and systematically fucked over.

      Great article, especially point #1 is something I have learned the hard way (through two long relationships. I’m 21 now and I plan to stay single for a long time. Nothing better than banging random chicks whenever you feel like it.

      Disregard females, acquire aesthetics & money!

      • My favorite is #7 Your family is full of BS. People around you are going to tell you, you are crazy. When really they are the crazy ones who think a mediocre life is a reward.

        Here is an awesome video of Arnold Schwarzenegger on how to be successful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuJ4hbkLiY0

      • women get raped everywhere. India has more women working in the parliament then any other country. When you have a population of around one seventh of the world, there are bound to be more crimes.

      • Dude, you cannot call India a DISGUSTING country. I don’t know which country you belong to and even if I did, at least I wouldn’t judge you sitting in the corner of my room with a pc in front of me.
        You know what? Women are not discriminated here any more! Times have been changed, looong time back. India has been extremely progressive and is among the TOP countries in today’s date with women being top level industrialists, managers, astronauts, with many of them involved in Politics and have led countries as Prime Ministers and Presidents.

    • All i have to say is do your research on history lol

  2. I’m 18 and this is the biggest motivational asskick i have ever seen! Thank you, Victor!

    • I’m 19 and this is the biggest motivational asskick i have ever seen! Thank you, Victor!
      (Couldn’t of said it better)

      Could this post potentially be a teaser for your next book? “Cub to king of the jungle”

      You rock VP

    • patricia says:

      i disagree with Victor, especially on the college issue (well only the college issue). you go to college to better your intelligence. I’m currently in college and ever since i went I’ve done nothing but gain knowledge and maybe I’m wrong but i think everyone needs an education. I’m not saying go to harvard or yale but get an education. you shouldn’t be telling us 18 yr olds that college isn’t the answer, lets say you didn’t go to college. would you even have this blog thing or whatever you wanna call it? you never know. if college is too expensive and you believe its a waste then don’t go but both my parents and my older sister (only by a few years) all have college degrees and are doing very well for themselves. my older sister is only 24 and makes almost 6 figures with her bachelors degree in psychology, she didn’t even stick around long enough to get a masters, nor did she do law/medical/engineering.

      • gtfo patricia

      • Maybe that was the case 30 years ago but now college has become a joke. I should know, I spent 14 years and 3 degrees to figure that out. Luckily I worked my ass off during college so the debt isn’t that bad.

        But I digress.

        The problem with college is not education. Education is extremely valuable and EVERYONE must get an education. However, college doesn’t offer an “education”, if offers you an expensive piece of paper to land you that “entry-level” job. The job where you will be paid less than an Applebees waiter and hopefully be able to climb that corporate ladder unless Julie in accounting thinks you were looking at her ass; then chumpo hit the bricks, you’re fuckin fired.

        The basic principle of college is you are being taught by professors who haven’t been in the field for 10-20 years. None of their information is current. It’s all old. The textbooks are bland and useless and filled with information that has either already been disproved, or has been completely changed. Case in point I took a marketing class a few years ago and the teacher was still gabbing on and on about mail and cold calls, shit that no one listens to EVER.

        Second, why do you have to take a gym credit or an art credit in college? What the fuck does badminton have to do with you becoming a doctor? Or a programmer? So glad you spent 3 grand on that pottery class. Enjoy paying for it until your 70.

        Conversely, education is freely available everywhere. Take youtube for example; anything you’ve ever wanted to know, (and tons of shit you never wanted to know either) has not only been answered, but someone made a video about it. Let this concept digest for a bit, people make video tutorials that take up HOURS OF THEIR LIFE and you get to watch them for free!

        Once you’ve consumed all the information you can find for free, there are plenty of online services like uDemy, Treehouse, Lynda.com etc that you can pay for only the exact courses you want and take them at your leisure. And they are fucking brilliant. Right now, I’m learning Javascript and I paid about $20 for the course. And I’ve already built a web app. Find one fucker in college who’s been in a beginner Javascript class for a week who’s already done that. Find me just one!

        Case in point, we are living in the greatest age mankind has ever know, where the wealth of the world’s knowledge is available right at your fingertips and most of it, if you look hard enough, is either free or dirt cheap. There are no more excuses.

        • Dalton Baket says:

          Hell yea! On my phone, I have this thing called “Learn HTML” and it is fantastic while being free the whole way!! Everything is Online, just do your own damn research and you will be blown away!!!

  3. Victor, can you check if i am in banlist, because i can’t post a single comment. Thanks.

    • Victor Pride says:

      Bud, I see all your comments just fine.

      • victor, u truely r very generouis. no one give working advise fir free. im 19. this is going to work for me.

      • FACT-MASTER says:

        Victor is correct for the most part*

        *Go to College and You will be able to say you did something by the time your in your early twenties. Also if you major in engineering, computer science, law or medicine, the chances of making +$100,000/year DRAMATICALLY increase. THIS IS BY THE FACT-MASTER©

      • Thanks, mang. I’m 18, spanish, and am wondering (Scratch that, panicking) about what the fuck do I do to make my life not suck. Look, I love my girlfriend, but we’re both 18, we’ve got long enough to map out our future. Anyway, reading this made me realize that, yeah, life moves fucking fast, but slow down. Life moves fast, but things repeat itself. So thanks for calming me down, thanks more for reading this if you do.
        ~Jay/Fam

      • Cole Egner says:

        I don’t know if this is too late for a response, but I have a serious question. I will be 18 in a month, and my future is something that I constantly worry about. I liked how you said you don’t need to choose one specific career or path in life, that you can do many things. But does this mean that I should forget about my dreams in a career? I want to go to college to study film, where hopefully it will lead me to a career; but I understand that it is very difficult to get a career in that field, especially because I live in Illinois. So what do you think? Is film just too much of a risk?

  4. Victor,

    Thank you for replying to my email. This is very helpful.

    Cheers,
    -Tom

  5. The Grizzly says:

    Great post Vic,

    I strongly agree with all 18, especially #3. College is a complete joke, there are more college graduates today than ever and the markets are over saturated. The thing I hate most is how these schools are still promoting false hope (generally speaking). I see the commercials and the literature all time, promoting a better future by getting a degree. What they should do is show statistics of how many of their graduates are able to find jobs (real jobs, not $8/hr jobs). It’s a money game for them. If you aren’t going to medical/law/engineering school then don’t bother.

  6. I might would add a sub bullet to #1: Always wear a condom. Because if you get a girl pregnant, you might end up married whether you wanted to or not. Of course, #1 still holds true. You’ll end up divorced paying child support eventually. It’s sad but true. To you 18 year-olds, wear a condom or stay celibate. This will save you from obligated marriage and wasting the next decade and a half of your life.

  7. I couldn’t have said this better myself, there is honestly no way. I think this is the best article you’ve ever written, Vic, it’s imperative young people know their options and life truths. I’m an example of this and I’m goddamn proud of it. I’m a damn smart guy and I always dreamed of going to university over here in Australia to get a degree in science and use it to become a scientist of some sort. I’m only young, and I only recently graduated highschool a few months ago but I’m mature beyond my years to the point where every person around me sharing my age group thinks I’m crazy with my realism. I was enlightened by life’s harsh truths and it’s taken me about a year to consolidate my new self and live with it. I owe at least 50% of my last 6 months of that to this website. The true gold in this site, among other people and things, has opened my eyes even further than before.

    Once I started learning and reading from various online mentors on youtube and on this site I did a complete 180 in my life, especially to do with school. As I learnt and started thinking about my future (as such a young guy) I changed my mind entirely. Before I changed, I was saving up money for university and for residency there and I intended to use it throughout the next year. I wanted to go there and study, completely ignorant of what it all entailed and I thought my life would be awesome if I did that.

    You know what I did? I took your advice about travel and because I started considering it, I spent the money I saved for university on planning a trip to Thailand in a couple of weeks time by myself so I can experience the country. I decided to travel. As I changed and took more and more advice from your site I used more and more of it. I developed a “fuck you, I’m me and I’m going to do what I want” attitude. I don’t mean that in the typical teenage way, a lot actually changed in my life. I separated from most of my friends and kept the ones that I decided were worthy and helpful to me, and kept my girlfriend. The others are probably aware of the change within me but none of them know what happened to my mind. Because of that, they don’t bullshit me anymore, they work for my attention, and they know I’m above them and no longer one of them.
    The biggest changes came when I knew I would be getting an award for a subject I’m passionate about at the graduation ceremony and I decided not to go because hey, I’m graduating and there isn’t a point in a ceremony to tell me that is there? From then on I kept debating whether or not I really wanted to study after highschool. I told my family, because my mother, father and sister are all university graduates, that I’d be taking a gap year. They thought I was crazy, but I didn’t listen to them. I’ve now fully internally decided that I won’t be going, because I refuse to spend decades paying off 10s of 1000s in debt for a 3 year degree. They will think I’m nuts. All of my previous friends don’t know my plans, my girlfriend knows what things I’ve speculated on, and nothing else.

    I’ve taken up bodybuilding because I was always kind of a fatty, now I look down on those people because of how lazy and undisciplined they are. Now it’s my passion and even though I don’t know my career I know my life will include fitness and lifting and nutrition. I don’t want to work for someone else now and be normal like my family, who all have thought they’ve done so well in life. I want to be an entrepreneur or have my hands in a busy building life.
    Oh and did I mention I completed 30 Days Of Discipline recently too? I blogged about it over at (Strengthinconfidence.com) so other people know what it’s like. It’s given me great benefit most of all discipline. I now use my new perspective to find way to improve myself like listening to mentors (only take advice from those that make you think you should have thought of it) and reading and educating and I want to build something real for myself because I know if I don’t do something I love I’ll slowly die on the inside and I’ll forever be poor but I refuse!
    I’m so different to everyone my age group I just left behind and I know I won’t end up like them. They think I’m nuts because I’m so different from them in mindset and intention.
    I am so much more different from who I was, and this article’s points are things that I came to realise myself in the last year and I intend to personify them.

    Best wishes,
    B

    • Victor Pride says:

      ^Featured comment. Visit this mans website: http://strengthinconfidence.com/

    • There is also such a thing as being young, inexperienced, and reckless. Nothing wrong with chasing your dreams and making your desires a reality, but doing so without a plan that is realistic would require some rethinking. Been to your site and read the misguided article on resolve. I think you have it backwards young buck. Hopefully you put a bit more thought into your future than you did in that blog.

  8. Victor — This article is a perfect summary of your entire website. At 54, I strongly concur with your advice. The reason your website makes money is that articles like these offer real value to men around the world. Much obliged.

    • As 40 year old who looks up to someone with 14 years more life experience than me, well said.

      If you’re reading this you have no idea what life has in store for you. Live for the moment, prepare for the future, and be true to yourself.

  9. Lots of things I wish I’d known at 18, and I used to dwell on the regret. No point in that though. Thanks to this and other motivational websites, my life is getting on track.

    It has become hard for me to believe how people can spend their whole lives in a cubicle. I used to think that way and it’s a depressing way to think. Just gotta open your mind and realize the sky’s the limit.

    Good post as usual Victor.

    P.S. Going into big debt to go to a mediocre college is a bad idea, but if you can go to a good college with minimal debt, it’s not a bad idea. I actually learned a lot in those four years and made lots of friends who are friends for life. However, I realize I’m the exception to the rule.

  10. All very valid points, that I live by myself. I was lucky to discover those a few years around the age of 18, so it makes me happy to know that you probably save a lot of other guys with this post as well! Great work as always, Victor. Dinner is on me if you ever drop by Denmark.

  11. This is a great list. The only one I don’t know about is number 1. I have never been in love so I cannot speak for an 18 year old in love. My parents married at 18 and it was the best decision they ever made so what’s right for some is not for others.

    Regardless all the others speak volumes. I passed on a pro soccer career in Europe to go to college and I now see college is not necessary. i dont plan on working as a mechanical engineer much longer. But I did have an amazing time and it brought me to where I am today.

    All in all, good post.

  12. Amazing article ! :) . My paradigm shift came later than my 18. Propably if I have read it back then I wouldnt believe it. Best regards !

  13. As someone who is not much older than 18 and has just started to take control of his life, I have a few questions for you.

    1) I do agree with you that in the long run, a college degree would be a waste of time. However, having come from a poor family, I worked hard in high school to get into a school that is number one in its field, and it is a substantive major-Finance. My intention is to first have a consulting gig with a large company for ONLY 2 YEARS (to pay off my debt, learn, and make connections-As Felix Dennis says, a job should be treated merely as an apprenticeship to learn the skills needed). Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    2) One of the greatest methods by which a young man can focus, I feel, is conserving his seminal energy, as Napoleon Hill mentioned. Most young men don’t have the discipline to focus their sexual energy and end up wasting it. I have been tremendously motivated, strong, and confident as a result of my practice of this and I plan to stay this way until I achieve success-becoming rich. What would you recommend?

  14. I love your no BS style of writing- it is so motivational.

    “Working in offices is for women and girly-men.” I absolutely agree! I am a woman who works in an office and I have never, ever been attracted to office men. My husband works manual labour and nothing is sexier than seeing him at the end of the day in dirty work clothes with his steel toe boots on.

  15. How about this. Im 23, spent the past four years as a scout in two wars earning a free college. Patriotism and all that bs aside, I did it only so I could go to school debt free and I didnt want to be a pussy. Starting spring im on the track to getting a masters in Petroleum Engineering by my late 20s and im getting paid to do it and not work menial jobs to survive. So free time and free money is going to business ventures and molding my body into the greek god I know it can be. On top of all this I already found a great woman, she Wants to cook, clean, serve, calls me sir and so far has literally just followed me around the country just to support me. She was one of those shy cute types from a small town when I met her. All in all i think Im doing well, however I wish I had had this blog when I was 17 then Id be way ahead way quicker. Question for you is, is going to college and keeping a woman still a bad idea?

    • Victor Pride says:

      “Question for you is, is going to college and keeping a woman still a bad idea?”

      In your case no, not at all. I never said keeping a woman was a bad idea, but keeping an unworthy one is a bad idea.

    • Sounds like you might be one of the exceptions to the rule about college; you aren’t going into debt, you know what you want, and petroleum engineering pretty much guarantees you a good job. On the other hand, a master’s would eat six years of your life. There are two reasons I can think of you might want to take a pass: first, if you’re not good at math, you’ll never get the degree and you’re just wasting your time. Second, unless petroleum engineering is something you have a genuine interest in, you could be heading in an unpleasant direction that will be hard to ever turn around. Either you’ll bail on it before you save enough money to really matter, or you’ll wind up in a career you hate and can’t afford to leave. Especially if you wind up with a family.

      Which brings us to the second point: there may be a rare American girl worth spending more than one night with, but no matter how perfect she seems, NEVER MARRY her. Marriage works a Jekyll and Hyde transformation on most women, and you are taking an unimaginable risk for no benefit at all. When you marry you effectively become the woman’s property, at least in Western countries. You get nothing, she gets everything. If a woman wants to get married, kick her to the curb.

      • Abgrund, great points and I have and am constantly considering them. What I know is that Ive been to the bottom, and Ive come very far to even get where I am now, and I dont plan on stopping. I dont know for sure if I want to pursue PetroEng but that was my old mans advice, he said thats where the money is. Honestly dont know what I want to do. But Ive got the goal now and focused in on it like a laser, I still have a window of opportunity to change it though.. Regarding the girl, Im with Victor and all of you on how western women are worthless for the most part. I was extremely surprised to find this one, I met her in the middle of the sonoran desert by extreme chance and shes defied all of my expectations. Shes what I imagine when you hear “behind every great man is a great woman”. I could be brainwashed, but i doubt it. But she knows the score, if she sticks around while im in school, and takes care of herself and proves not to be a financial or emotional burden then in our mid thirties ill give her a ring. In the mean time, Im keeping her around cause shes good to look at, cooks better than your mother, is an insane freak in the bed, and obsessed with keeping healthy and pleasing me. Been steady like this for a year. So im gonna keep her, and I hope all you Men can find a Woman like this.

        • I don’t recommend pursuing any career just because someone else says “that’s where the money is”. In petro, you can make good money, at least for the foreseeable future, but expect to work brutal hours and spend a lot of time in crappy places. If you are willing to spend a few years working yourself to death in some dangerous foreign hell hole, away from your honey, and have the discipline not to waste your money on luxuries like decent food or visits home, you can indeed pile up cash very quickly. What usually happens though is that guys can’t take the deprivation and they move into something less demanding or burn all their money on distractions. Either way, you should expect to spend the rest of your life doing engineering, either for someone else or as a principal, if running a business is your thing. When you have a steadily growing six figure income you will find it very difficult to change your vocation.

          Luckily you don’t have to commit yourself to petro right at the beginning, and you won’t be a slave to student loans if you put in a couple of years and bail. But the more of your life you have invested in it, the harder it will be to walk away. There are other ways to make money, and if you have a genuine interest in something else (something real, not English Lit), I’d recommend pursuing that even if it’s not as lucrative.

          As far as the girl, all I can say is good luck. Like I said, most women do a Jekyll and Hyde thing as soon as they get married. If she starts pestering you about “commitment”, that’s Mrs. Hyde impatient to have her day.

          • I can do all the above mentioned, hell its what I did to get to this point, and one of the the things that attracted me to the business. Good money, applied science and engineering, but getting field work in. I dont want a flourescent lit career or workspace. I want to be outside, travelling and making money.

          • Good luck C_rush. It seems you know pretty much what you are up for.

          • Might be a bit of a late post, but I’m in this industry so I feel I can speak to it with knowledge.

            Working in upstream in the oil industry is lucractive right now. PetEng and geologists right out of college start with six-figure compensation. You might be expected to go abroad (expat) for a couple of years sometime in the first few years. The locations are usually crappy (Angola, Kazakhstan) but can also be interesting and fun (Colombia, Malaysia). Just depends on who you work for. When you go expat, you usually get a compensation adjustment (extra money) just to go, rent paid by the company, and a few free airline tickets a year to travel or go home. If you’re working offshore on a rig, well, that’s different…you’ll have weird schedules and cramped living quarters…it’s not pleasant. Expat is definitely a better way to go if you can get such a gig. All in all, you can do very, very well as a young person and if your expenses are reasonable you can sock away mountains of cash very quicky. If you’re really willing to go balls to the wall, you can get work up at Fort McMurray in the Canadian oil sands. I know operators and such, no college degree required, who make 200k-300k to work 6 to 8 month a year, with housing and food provided for them. Of course, the reason for that is because you’re in the middle of nowhere on the Arctic Circle with no women around. Working in upstream is not a bad way to start out.

  16. Hey Vic,

    Great article. I’m 23, but this article still gives me the motivation I need.

    Point 10 really stands out to me. Right now I’m focused on building internet businesses while following 30 days of discipline (its now a lifestyle for me). And recently it seems like people are always telling me I need go out to the bars more and spend a $1000 on a spring break trip and so on. Of course their reasoning is YOU’LL NEVER HAVE A CHANCE TO LIVE LIKE THIS AGAIN. I just laugh in my mind when I hear this.

    So to hear you say the same thing is great. I know I’m headed in the right direction as long as I persist.

    Thank you, Vic.

  17. Does anyone know of a way to get an offshore oil rig job like that? Do you have to just move to Canada and go apply then or can you do it from the US? Or are there any other places to get an offshore oil rig job besides Canada?

  18. I concur 100%. This is all great advice, and #1 is to be followed strongly. Choosing a female mate is critical to your success in life and to not having some feminist cry baby wife divorce you and take several suitcases of money as she departs. Our culture has pushed this feminist BS, and now there are generations of women in America that are not worth being married to…these feminist women leave a trail of destruction in their wake…and you need to spare yourself from being one of their victims. I believe that because our culture and legal system supports women and encourages women to divorce…I believe that marriage is almost dead in America. What is the point of getting married when our legal system allows a woman to divorce you and take over half of everything you have busted your azz to earn. If you must get married find a woman that is not a feminist, and find a woman that believes in traditional old school values.
    I worked my way thru college at an Exxon station doing forty hours a week and going to school fulltime, and you do not see that kind of determination much anymore. I will say that my college degree helped me get real estate loans because without a degree the bankers would not have made me loans in my early start up years. I became a multi-millionaire by buying and rehabbing houses and multi family properties in Austin Texas. It was not my college degree that helped me become successful, but it was my tough hard azz work ethic that made me successful.
    A great post that all young men should read over and over again.

    • Hey brother, Ive just moved to Austin with the same intentions, you have any room in your operation for a man looking to work?

      • Crush,
        I am not doing any more buying and rehabbing in Austin these days because the market changed. I have moved out towards west Texas. I do not want to change the topic of Vic’s main post. Thanks.

    • Victor Pride says:

      A+ comment, Keith.

    • I agree with you Keith. I also noted what you said about your college degree being the start up point for you. This is crucial in our society to be credible. Once you have that degree the world is your oyster.
      I am a woman and in total agreement with you and Victor regarding feminism. Marriage should be
      forever helping each other reach your goals with love.
      Marriage is being torn apart with feminism and women giving themselves so men don’t need to marry. Also, with the marriage of 2 men or 2 women it makes a joke of even being married.
      We need traditional values to come back to save our country.

  19. I wish i had a list like this when i was 18! It would have changed my life for the better!!

    Great Post!

  20. Great post, we’re talking about it in the forum.

  21. Thanks Vic, what a great article!
    You are chaning so many guys´s lifes, thanks for that!

  22. As a young man you can be free to date around and play the field. As a old man you can be free to date around and play the field. Females age not good, males age just perfect because their financial income will rise. Also do what you want, there are no general rules. Asking others is for Boys, Self-Interest is for Men. Plus what is with all these bodybuilding discriminating faggots all over the world? Whether they go to college, higschool, are entrepreneurs, doctors.. As soon as you look buff you get jealous stares…faggots.

  23. Outstanding information. I got into bodybuilding at age 60. That was 4 years ago. Most men my age are in terrible shape. I work very hard not to be that guy. Don’t believe anyone that says you can’t build serious muscle after age 60. Guys, I get a real thrill ,when a younger woman looks me over..

  24. I wish I had experienced all the over hyped pleasures (sex,drugs etc) before 18. I could have used all my time without those distractions very productively

  25. Jack the Stripper says:

    >“This is the best time of your life. It’s all downhill from here“

    The people who say this are the ones who didn’t build a future for themselves.

    Heck, even a 40-year-old can turn his life around with enough willpower.

  26. Hello Vic,

    i ones followed your great 30 days of Discipline, it was great and i want to repeat, this time with my little 17 year old brother who needs to get the askick i got from you.

    I want to ask you if it´s necessary to follow rule number one if he is a hardgainer? I mean you really start building muscle when you have more Kcal than you need, and in our family we are all skinny, with good presposition to build defined muscle but not mass.

    I´m now on 250 Tes-E / e3d, i went from 69 kg when i started training Aug. 2012 and now i´m on 87 kg no side so far. So i´ve read that i can eat as much as i want.

    Thanks!
    regards from Germany

    Co

  27. Also, along with your recommendation to NOT take testosterone, I would also recommend to NOT take Adderall, Modafinil, etc until your at least 25 too. Recently on the Bulletproof executive podcast, they talked about how this can mess shit up since your brain isn’t full finished developing until age 25, and it’s not a good idea, like testosterone at an early age.

    http://www.bulletproofexec.com/71-hacking-your-intelligence-with-hunter-maats-and-katie-obrien-podcast/

  28. The guy behind Bulletproof Executive although, is a general proponent of Modafinil:

    http://www.bulletproofexec.com/why-you-are-suffering-from-a-modafinil-deficiency/

  29. Great post today. Definitely some valuable information.

    Victor,
    My goal is to make $1000 a month online and then once I reach that point I am going to move to a country with a lower cost of living and save my money for other future business ventures and investments. Right now I’m working a 9 to 5 and saving as much as I can but I only make $8.50 per hour. I just recently started my first niche website and although I don’t expect to make much on my first one (if anything at all) I hope to at least make something to prove to me it is a worthwhile business model. And if it works, I will build more.

    Anyways, I was wondering if you have any advice on other things I could try if this plan doesn’t work? I am confident it will work because I have done my research and I am putting a lot of work in to it but I still want to have other options. I am sick of being a wage slave. Thanks

    • Victor Pride says:

      “Anyways, I was wondering if you have any advice on other things I could try if this plan doesn’t work?”

      Yeah, keep trying. A young man can fail a thousand times, big deal. It only takes once to strike gold so don’t give up.

  30. Sean McKenzie says:

    This article provokes a lot of questions to the curious minds of young men like myself. It is not unpleasing reading about something you look to accomplish (college, a job, money, etv)yet it is the truth. I am a firm believer of being able to do whatever you want in life. At the same time this outlook on life can also assure debt of life. Without investing in your future you may just fall to the poor of society today. Why waste intelligence on chanc? Yet it isn’t chance necessarily because you must go out and take it. Either way you’ll get it. Take it. And assume it all to yourself. Because no one else does really matter. Especially chicks!!! The choice of college or pursuing your hustle is a rash one indeed.

  31. Dear Mister Pride,
    I have been waiting for a long time for this article. As a matter of fact i am so thankful for this I have tears in my eyes.
    You see I just turned nineteen and I am glad I discovered your blog and bought your book “30 days of discipline” not too long ago. It has been such an eye opener.
    Even after finishing I still take cold showers and keep eating steak and eggs. I lift every day and have quotes from your articles pinned on the walls of my tiny one room appartment. I don’t know what i would be doing now without discovering B&D. Honestly everything has changed since I started reading your blog. I even got myself a high and tight (at a barber, not some gay ass coiffeur!) and wear it proudly together with my winner wolf bottom up shirts in black and tailored jeans (everything bought from my OWN money)on every day of the week except for sunday. I followed your advice and am a proud owner of a merkur 34c coming with all the necessary classics.

    After graduating an academic high school I made it to Tokyo where I stayed for a few weeks at a relative’s home. This guy makes serious cash and has an appartment in a skyscraper for rich people. Like serious rich. The rent costs 20 times more than i make a month. The parking lot has Porsche and Ferraris all over the place. Really high class.
    One day I got back from partying in Roppongi at arround 2am and simply spend the rest of the night starring down on the glowing lights of minato with a can of beer in my hand. Asking myself: “What the fuck am i doing with my life?!”
    I felt really helpless for the first time in my life and realised that I was all on my fucking own. Everybody expected me to join the military and study medicine. The deal had been running for almost 2 years (passed all psychological and physical tests) and now that i had taken my A levels I was one signature away from over 20 years of duty.
    The fear and lack of orientation did not let me sleep and I spend the rest of the holiday simply drowning my sorrows in booze.
    2 things happened that changed my mind:
    1.) Read some articles on Bold and Determined.
    2.) Read Mr. Ferris 4hour Workweek
    No fucking arround and serving this machine anymore! I want to be free and do whatever the hell excites me. I don’t care what i have to do to get there. If it means to swim across the fucking ocean i’ll do that. If it means to eat dirt and live on less money than I life on right now (below 600 bucks a month) I’ll fucking do it.
    Once I got home i cancelled the deal with the military. Everybody got pissed. My golden, well paid future-GONE. then I missed the registration date for college in my country ON PURPOSE. The shitstorm that followed made me decide that i had to get away as far and as long as possible.
    So I packed my bags signed up for university in another country and bought myself my own appartment.
    I am currently an undergrad for microbiology, cool stuff but it is not what i want to do later in life. The decision to study here was merely a way for me to escape from my family, friends and all the losers that held me back for so long. I never attended the honor ceremony of my graduation and did not go to the parties that ensued.
    I cut everything loose by moving away, deleted my facebook account, changed my email.
    I don’t even have a phone anymore. I refuse to be brainwashed by all these idiots.

    Mister Pride I want to learn everything I can to become rich and free. Already have an idea what my business will look like.
    I read your blog and the books you recommend all day and night. Even during lectures.

    Is there a possibility to give me a summary of blogs, books, helpful links and resources that you trust outside of B&D?

    To be honest i don’t care if you respond to this or not. I know you will read this and I know it will fire you up. Just like you fire us ALL up.
    You don’t even fucking know how much your articles have changed my mindset. My entire life.

    I wish you all the best my friend. One day we’ll meet in bangkok and I can shake your hand and thank your for everything personally.

    Tony.

  32. Joe Dunsmore says:

    I lived in hcmc very recently and I didn’t see white entrepreneurs. It’s very hard to get business done in Vietnam.

    • Victor Pride says:

      Last time I was there, 6 weeks ago, I met at least 15 of them. They don’t do business in Vietnam, they do business online.

  33. Victor ! Victor! Victor! Damn ur good I can now say I was blind but now I see!!! Thank u sooooo much now I knw exactly wwat to do

  34. Alexander says:

    Victor, please enable a printout function. Thanks.

  35. As an 18 year old kid in university, I can say that Victor has definitely changed my world view and stopped me from just mindlessly following the traditional path. I’m not chasing girls anymore, I’m breaking PR’s in the gym all the time, eating steak and eggs every day, studying a STEM major, working a part-time sales job on the side and putting my spare time (and cash) into learning how to generate more income via investing and internet marketing, and networking with successful guys who carved their own path. Without coming across B&D a few months ago, I would be stuck on the same treadmill to nowhere just like the other guys my age.

    Thanks Uncle Victor.

    Ps. what’s your opinion on studying in Germany to take advantage of the almost non-existant tuition fees in most of the country? Seems like the smartest thing to do if you want to study and avoid most of the college debt-trap (yes, some causes are taught in english).

    • Victor Pride says:

      “Seems like the smartest thing to do if you want to study and avoid most of the college debt-trap”

      Friend, you just gave the answer right there.

  36. #10 “You have a future” is an important thing to remember. I remember when i was a teenager people (loser types in their 40’s) would always tell me that these will be the best years of my life. With this in mind i wasted a lot of my teenage years, trying to “have fun”. party ect when i could have been building my body, my business, my mind and my life. Like you said, regrets are pointless but if i could be transported back to my teens i would have started building my life IMMEDIATELY. My teens sucked, btw all that “trying to have fun” nonsense was a waste of time, i spent my teens years, girless and unpopular i might as well spent that time building my life. I’m much more excited about my future then i am reminiscent of my past.

  37. when i was 18 i jetted out of home and left the coup. i traveled all over europe and australia, doing this and that settling in asia. my dad told me i was crazy and would end up broke (even though i’m buying my house cash in 6 months on a tropical island at aged 28 and have never had a “career” and have probably had 40-50 “jobs” in my life because i would never settle for shit until i found one that paid and gave me the time i want), but my mum told me i was doing the right thing. i live in SE Asia now, I’m 100% debt free and i do work on an offshore oil rig making more money than i can spend. , and its ever increasing.

    One point i really think you younger guys should pick up on: women will really fuck your life. we have been fed so much holywood bullshit that we have come to believe it. it’s taken me ten years, countless thousnads of wasted dollars, and several severe emotional wrecks to realize this: you find a decent looking woman who’s pretty but doesn’t know it, you find one who has strong family values and possibly has been brought up in a conservative environment and you train her how to be your wife – these desperate housewife type of bitches who glorify cheating, flings and lunchtime martinis make me sick, and the sooner men start rejecting THEM and not playing the game on their terms, the better.

    Save your money, invest in stocks and give that little business idea a go – the world is full on incompetent morons running business empires – believe in yourself. I’ll bet you can do it better.

  38. Any marriage and family problems arise out of the man’s failure (not even weakness), unwillingness (not even inability) or unreadiness (not even unpreparedness) to take and keep the leadership. I know this. I changed my mind, I changed my attitudes and behaviours, and my relations with the wife changed drastically. You are right when you say that the man has to take decisions and carry them out in a disciplinned manner. Marriage and family is not a burden, I believe many will agree. Marriage and family is a decision, a lifetime project requiring as much equity investment and effort as any other aspiration of the man. As long as you find a lady that supports and adds to you, not undermines or subtracts from you. Family has always and will always require much money and time and attention. But the man should not consider those as a useless waste or a barrier on his way to success. The family gives one what nothing else can give. It also requires devotion, commitment.

  39. Alexander says:

    As to college, you are damn right. I spent lots of nerves, money and time wasting my time in a most ugly way one can imagine. The modern education system is a complete scrap. Spending 4 years on the study of things that do not make sense outside of the university’s walls is the wildest disregard to any human being. Self-study is always the key – because you know what you need and you take it. No extra knowledge, theory, etc. No BS (bullshit, not balance sheet this time)… : )

  40. Alexander says:

    As to buying on credit, I have always used consumer borrowings to make major acquisitions only to allocate the price over a longer period of time. To avoid paying a comparately large amount of cash at a time. In doing so, I have always followed one rule: I am at all times able to settle the debt in full out of my monthly earnings. Just in case. The only exclusion was my 3-year mortgage loan. Another rule – buy things that release you from daily routine, give you some leisure, extra hours to do what you want, but lack time to, not things that deprive you of leisure. After joining this great site, I threw away all my CDs with movies and games, all story and fiction books and any other stuff that one should certainly get rid of if he values his time. Now I only read to improve my skills, be that English or accounting or both. And I strongly believe that every man should do so – throw away all the stuff that takes his precious real life experiences.

  41. i went a different route- joind the navy, ran all over the world. now i’m a burnt out medic that’s going to welding school after i retire in Cajun country to work…ON OIL RIGS. lol.

    loved thailand though. i was raging on less than $100 a day.

    very good advice Victor.

  42. As a mid-40 y/o – I can say that most of this is spot on and very good advice for a young male. These are principles that I had used, unconsciously, and they have served me well. I would only say that College can be useful as a stepping stone provided 1) you do not incur massive debt, and 2) you get a degree and/or go to a school that will actually get you a job. Remember – starting an internet business is great – but if you don’t become successful at it right away – you will become another 20 -something with no education – and then you will not get any job – period- because you don’t have an education. The right education (and I’m using that term broadly to mean skills, a trade, or even a formal degree) can provide the means to make a lot of money. I make a shit load of money working as an executive in a Consulting firm – but granted – it took me 20 years to do it – working hard, and continually building knowledge and being disciplined. Yes – I work ‘for the man’ but I have a nice life. There are always more than one option available – as Vic said – so try doing your business on the side while you learn a trade or get an education – then, when the $$$ is there – you can go full-time.

    The advice about focusing on your career, building your body, etc. are all things that I highly recommend. You need to build assets when you’re young – and knowledge and discipline are probably the best assets you can have – that will allow you to grow, prosper and continue to make money.

    Good advice on not getting married too- unless you really want a family. I got married in my early 30’s to a great gal and my wife brought a lot to the table in terms of financial assets and a good, stable and supportive family. We don’t have kids because neither of us wanted to be tied down financially, time-wise or emotionally with raising a child. Life is hard enough without that. If you want a family or want to get married someday – great – but you should read Vic’s post on finding the right woman – making the wrong choice here can lead to ruin. Don’t rush into it. I can’t tell you how many young men I know who are in their mid-20’s and complaining that they want to find someone to settle down with. WTF? that’s the wrong attitude. Focus on career, making money, getting experience and building knowledge first – always – there is always time for women and the older and more accomplished you are – the more women will want to be with you.

    Good luck.

  43. This is a damn good list right here. Very motivational.

  44. One more great article for me to put in the vault and show my boys when they are older. I´m not s sure about college, but that is fine. Sometimes I have the feeling college made at least some good to you, at least in the sense of “enriching the mind” (even if by exposing you to things you despised). I have a friend who studied medicine and later became a great, and recently a very rich, entrepreneur – as you he believes college is BS and waste of time, but if you look at his business it has all to do with what he has studied and I can hardly see how he could have done it without college. I agree the kind of business you are in does not necessarily demands it tough. In any case, this is a minor disagreement, keep up the great work.

  45. John Bull says:

    Greetings Victor and co.Thank you for the post.

    G. Alexander Orndorff once said
    “No one can become rich without enriching others. Anyone who adds to prosperity must prosper in turn.” And that is clearly what Victor pride is doing.

    I also have to add the following things.
    1.Build a Library.Reading is one of the most essential habits that should be incorporated into your life style.
    It is very important to learn about mistakes and success of various successful men.Now you ask well
    what to read?

    You see the beauty of sites like that by reading just one recommend book,you will be exposed to other
    similar people who have achieved success through means of their websites,twitter,Facebook,etc.
    Or type in the name of any successful man and most likely he has some best-selling books on amazon.Now you may say you don’t want to carry all those books.Well then single up for kindle on amazon.
    “Well I don’t have a kindle” Dosen’t matter I used to think that too but due through sites like this I
    discovered that you can download the app on your table and/or smartphone and even read the books on
    on your computer.From there you can add books to your online library or the “cloud” as some would say.

    2.Network
    Another miracle of the internet it that we can contact guys like Bill Gates,Donald Trump,Elon Musk etc.
    Though sending a email through their own websites,twitter,Facebook,Skype, etc.100 years ago if you wanted to
    contact guys like Napoleon Hill you had to write a letter or travel to them(still a good option) that’s if you even knew
    who he was.

    My friends take advantage of sites like this,take advantage of your youth,take advantage of the internet.

    These successful men did not have to share their advice.Their is no gun pointed to their head forcing them
    to spill their beans.They do it because they care about us they want to prevent us from making the mistakes they
    made so that we may have a easier more fulling time on this earth.And if you are not making use of this you
    my friend are doing all these guys both past,present,and future a great disservice.

    Ciao

  46. Thanks a lot for the post.

    Victor if one wants to create a product say for instance a unique Iphone case.Is it better to start it up in the states or places like Asia?

    • Victor Pride says:

      A product like that would almost certainly be manufactured in China, but your location doesn’t particularly matter. To put it another way, there’s no reason to leave the States unless you want to.

  47. Victor, what are your thoughts on revenge and deep-seated desire to get even on someone who has wronged you (“wronged” being a strong understatement)?

    From a 19-year-old and long-time fan of B&D.

  48. Wow, if only I read this when I was 18.

    If there is one article for a young man to read, this is it!

  49. great article…I agree with getting jacked and looking good however what about when you are older like 70 or 80 plus? it’s hard to look great like you at that age even with trt…any suggestions?

    • Victor Pride says:

      Eat right and exercise. See Jack LaLanne. He died in his 90’s and he was still jacked, a term they coined for him. Jack=jacked.

  50. Great Post Vic. Even though I haven’t been 18 years old for a very long time, I plan to implement a good portion of your advice. I also make sure my nephews, who are 22 and 23, read your posts as well.

    Keep up the great work Vic.

    Leon.

  51. I really appreciate your knowledge Vic. Great work.

  52. Dude great post. However .. . ‘ “Never pay attention to the “money is the root of all evil” talk. The people who say this are morons.” ‘

    Actually, it’s “LOVE OF ALL money is the root of all evil.” (Bible) Or as Twain put it: “LACK OF MONEY is the root of all evil.”

    • Victor Pride says:

      I don’t care what the original quote is, I have heard a million morons say “money is the root of all evil”.

  53. Every article I have ever read on this site is has been poignant but this is simply a masterpiece. It is the male manifesto. I read it to my two sons. I have been installing these points in them since they could talk and lead by example. I realize my sons have an asset every young man needs but so few have, a positive male role model. I would like to bestow my deepest gratitude to you Victor. Your work enlightens and encourages so many young men, mine included. It’s great to read the other comments and see men on the right track heading for the winner’s circle. You WILL NOT get there with debt, laziness or an undermining female partner. You WILL get there with discipline, determination and relentless drive. And you can get there faster with a mentor. My dad was mine. I was lucky, my dad was a man’s man. I honor him by raising my sons the way he raised me. Bold and Determined gives all the advice I was raised on to a generation of young men who have few real men to model themselves after. I challenge all of you winner wolves out there to another discipline; the stewardship of successful young men. Be a mentor to a younger man on his way up. Let’s aim to teach these young men all of this great information well before they turn eighteen. Great work Victor!

  54. This is 100% truth, people will hold you back, be it friends,girlfriends,family. They try to brain wash you tell you:

    ” Don’t lift weights! what for ? You look great as is.Sure you gained a few pounds since we met but I STILL LOVE YOU” Girlfriend wants you to stay as you are they fear and get jealous you’ll improve and dump them, TRUE because she’s holding you back.

    ”I don’t know son the economy is in the toilet you sure you wanna start a business”. Yeah just be quite and DO YOU, one of my favorite lines. Live your life and do what ever you want, if you fail o’well, if your’re single and have no kids start again

    “Bro, fuck work it’s Thu night and ladies night come on!!!” Bro, your’re gonna fuck bitches regardless. It’ll come like a domino effect, work and do what you have to do first.Then rejoice and there is no greater feeling then accomplishing what you set your mind on.

    ”Success is when preparation meets opportunity”. My uncle told me that phrase and it’s stuck in my head. How the fuck do you expect to get to the top without preparing yourself, unless your a slut banging her way to the top and that’s a topic for another day.

  55. Victor,

    I am a teenager. I am walked all over by assholes. They stupid stuff to me, that makes them look good in front of girls. All I do is stay red in the face. I am unconfident. They take what they want, and I don’t. They are all assholes and I can’t tell if they are all just insecure, or act like real men, even at a young age. What do I do? How do I make them scared to anger me? How do I act like a man? Feminism made me this way when I was young.

    How do I become,act,and look like a man? I will not live my life like this any longer.

    • Tyler Durden says:

      I’m guessing Victors response would be: Dont give a fuck about them, go to the gym, lift big, lift often, and eat more. Improve yourself, build yourself up.

    • Victor Pride says:

      Put into action the words you read on the website for winners.

    • At your age, I wish someone encouraged me to get a hobby to be proud of. Which can be just about anything, playing an instrument, drawing, woodworking, welding. Something more tangible than being good at some videogames.

      On top of that, make high quality friends who have discipline and ambition. The easiest way to do that is join some kind of physical club. Boxing, tennis, swimming, parkour… Just about anything really.

    • Anonymous,

      As a teenager, you don’t yet have the life experiences that build confidence. Being strong helps, though. So does learning how to fight. But you need self-discipline as well as confidence. Only the man with discipline can ever be free. Others will notice if you lack discipline, and they will manipulate you in one way or another. But if you have discipline, others will respect you.

      Discipline means your action follows your steady, long term intent. It means not yielding to fear, pain, embarrassment, horniness, insecurity, boredom, fatigue, or any other form of discomfort.

      The best way to attain discipline is by practice – taking the unpleasant or dangerous course of action because you need to or have to, or just to test yourself. The main purpose of Army “boot camp” is to teach discipline. I’ve never read Thirty Days of Discipline but it sounds like a similar program, without the four+ year commitment. It might be a good place for you to start.

  56. 18-year old says:

    When you say “If I were 18 years old right now this is exactly what I would do: I would skip college, I would read the Fastlane Forum voraciously, I would save up two thousand dollars and I would move to either Chiang Mai, Thailand or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Those two places are filled to the brim with young, white foreign entrepreneurs who spend their time networking, building businesses and partying and they live on about $500 per month while doing it. ”

    What kind of business would you start up before that money runs out?

    • The idea was to get an online business that can cover $500 / month, minimum. From there, grow in an environment filled with people that work the money making game.

  57. Med student here.
    I do what I want and absolutely love what I do.
    Yeah, yeah, I know I’m in debt. I pay off half my units as I go and am in debt for the other half.
    Thing is, I feel free. I’m studying because I WANT to. I have the resolve to kick my degrees’ ass and start my own gym before I finish, and get outta debt ASAP. I already PT to get by – doing something else I love to make a living- so I can easily see it becoming a business on the side. Sometimes Uni (I’m an Aussie) is a necessary evil. Yeah it seems crazy to get into all that debt – but if you pick your degree wisely and don’t just go to uni because your parents told you to or because it’s the ‘done thing’ – if you do What YOU want to do – then I say go for it. Just make it count significantly in your life, and pay for as much of it upfront as you can. We need paramedics, nurses, engineers…just don’t study arts or reading or teaching or any shit like that. What a joke.

  58. Intelligence; is now defined as ones ability to function within ones own socio-cultural setting, with what they personally deem as successful and fulfilling. We all have different desires and subjective opinions as what it means to be a ‘success’. We also have to keep in mind that some people are generally happy, whether financially free or not, with their current circumstances. So burn your own path and let others be.

    However, it takes people taking action and charge to wake some absolute sleep walkers out of their slumber of life. The current state of young western culture sickens me, as a 25 year old male from Aus. Physical degradation, drug dependency, violence, escapism into gaming and sport, getting drunk multiple times a week, social media and technology dependence, lack of respect for the elderly and general lethargy. I currently study, however I planned to and put in 100% effort. I think if this post could be summed up in a few words to me it would be ‘fail to plan, you plan to fail’. Never ever ever give your money/focus or time away to unworthy pursuits that will not result in your freedom,well-being or development. Never ever give away capital that could be working for you to petty pursuits. Stay away from negative , unhappy people. Model traits and characteristics of people you admire, but do not become or imitate them. Keep an open mind, but not so open your brain falls out. You WILL NOT get free, if you don’t get free. Freedom is action. Action away from the physical and mental shackles of society. Save your money. Fuck xbox’s, ‘partying’, expensive food, movies, gaming, hanging out with mates who do nothing, talk about nothing, offer nothing. Incorporate these as privileges when you are well on the way to meeting goals. Goals/Freedom first, always. Bit of a rant. ‘ The successful person is the ordinary person, with laser like focus’ Bruce Lee. Peace.

    • Excellent advice, dude. I feel the same re the drinking culture etc. Modern culture is adrift and cluless. Its up to us guys to become spartans and lead the young by example.

  59. Solid post! I am grateful to have this wonderful list at my disposal being only 20 years old(18 would have been better).

    Victor, would there be a chance of a future post on International wealth diversification and tax “avoidance” using LLCs and/or IBCs and setting up a bonafide tax residency for perpetual travel etc…?

  60. Hey Vic,

    What is your recommendation for ab exercises for the beginner starting a full body workout?

  61. Victor how do I squat without a squat rack? I do not have enough money to buy a squat rack. Nor so I have enough to go to a gym. I would appreciate your advice,
    Thanks
    Dave

    • Victor Pride says:

      Improvise. You can’t squat real weight without a squat rack. So what do you do if you don’t have money? Improvise. Build a couple wooden saw horses and use them as a makeshift squat rack.

    • There are lots of workarounds if you think about it. I once knew a guy who hung a barbell from the rafters of his shed, and one who built a squat rack from scrap metal. Then there are hack squats and T-bar squats. I have a self-spotting barbell of my own design. For that matter a deadlift isn’t that different from a squat in terms of muscles and movement.

    • Do one legged squats.

  62. Yo, victor I wish i knew this when i was 18. You speak the truth bro, Keep it up…Really diggin your style of writing (very motivating)

  63. #13 made me laugh out loud “Feminism has left you with a pool of women who are truly insane”
    Enjoy your insights and out of the box thinking.
    I did some corporate cubical time in my 20’s, then made my escape into sales after feeling like a caged zoo animal in the “office world”. Then my own business. Freedom has always been the driving force for me. My advise is to never let society cut off your nut sack and get you domesticated into the matrix of control. Wrong women and mindless debt are to be avoided.

  64. Vic, just thought I’d let you know that tomorrow I’m going to eat lightening and shit thunder because this post came at the perfect time in my life. It must feel great to motivate so many people like you do, keep it up mate.

  65. Vietnam and Thailand have semi-hostile visa policies.
    You can use loopholes but they are getting fewer and more expensive..
    …fairly xenophobic s.o.b’s too….that doesn’t include the ladies of course.
    I would give Cambodia a go these days…easy visas but the infrastructure is behind its neighbours.

  66. When it comes to lifting weights, are rest days necessary? Do you lift 7 days a week Victor?

  67. Sorry Victor but I think you’re way off the mark with No. 11 “PAY ATTENTION TO MONEY”. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that money is important but to trying to convince young men to “Never pay attention to the “money is the root of all evil” talk. The people who say this are morons. Money is the #1 necessity of life. Forget about greed, money is need. Make it so you can do as you wish and have the highest amount of freedom possible money is #1 necessity and equals freedom” is down right irresponsible and disrespectful. You are entitled to your opinion but please remember that you are suppose to be a role model and some young people take your opinion very seriously.

    • Not really. The way our society is set up, money is freedom. It’s what we exchange for everything. Clothes, food, transportation, energy, entertainment, the internet. You wouldn’t have the freedom to make that post without money.

      As much as you can trade your time for some of those anemeties, say, by raising your own livestock and produce on a hobby farm, you are not gaining freedom by doing that.

      It’s delusional and irresponsible to tell people money is evil and unimportant in a world like ours.

    • Yeah right – money is evil, don’t tell the kids not to pay attention to the good old “it’s the root of all evil”, make them resent it, make them fear it and associate all kinds of negativity to it. That’s a sure way to make them grow up into weaklings dependable on everything from this shitty society to their mom and dad corporate slaves.

      Since my early teen years I was trying to make money online because I understood it gave me freedom. It happened when I was 15 and I asked my parents to give me some money to go on a beach for few days with the girl I liked quite a lot at a time. They said no. I said “fuck you I’m going anyway”, but then I realized I had no means to do what I fucking will. I promised I’ll never depend on anyone again.

      And I don’t. I make more money with my online business now than most CEO’s in my country. And I’m 19, and the feeling is so good I can’t even begin to describe it. I EARNED, fucking EARNED, my privilege to express my will, my opinion, my attitude, without the need to worry about anything.

      My parents can’t do that – they’re afraid because their boss can fire them. My friends can’t do that – they’re afraid teachers will dislike them, give them worse grades which will ruin their opportunities for “employment” a.k.a. as “slavery. I can do that. I can tell my teacher to go fuck himself, because I KNOW I earn daily more than he does monthly.

      I can tell my government to go fuck themselves, because I know I can live anywhere in the world and be well off with the income I currently have. I get to speak my mind, loudly and proudly, to disapprove “authority”, to rock out with my fucking cock out whenever I feel the need to do so. And all I’ll get are astounded glares that scream “I wish I could do the same”.

      And no one gave me that but money. My cutest, dearest little friend. They say when it comes down to it, the only thing you can rely on at any given time is yourself. Bullshit. You can rely on your money too.

      But I guess that it’s the root of all evil and that I should feel bad about EARNING it with fucking sweat, pain, tears, failures and hard, brutally hard fucking work?

      Money is the root of all evil is bullshit, youngsters. Take it from one of your own.

  68. Victor do you do fullbody workouts or splits? Which do you recommend?

  69. Victor i follow your posts its really motivational and im living in spartan life.. Besides, whats your thought on Power of meditation….Out of Context though, but i wanted your thoughts on this bro….
    Thanks for the great post….Keep the work going and Good luck!

  70. Hey Victor,

    I’m one of those people “almost” lives everything you say on this blog naturally. I had multiple websites making sufficient income all off my own back. Selling e-books and everything…But I didn’t find myself satisfied. Ended up selling all of those endeavors and moved to London. Things went South financially for the most part sites died and I found myself listening to my parents and now I’m in my final year of Uni (in the UK) and I’m turning 25.

    All I gotta say is…this blog gave me that kick in the ass..been obsessed and recommending it to everyone. I ain’t gonna write a book but you’ve made me step back – reevaluate myself and those around me – and identify which way I’m gonna take my life.

    I’d rather be free than a slave any day. Hard work will make it happen. Thanks.

  71. Vic, your content is solid gold. (That’s why I recommend my readers to your site, although brand new).

    Keep ‘em coming, chief.

  72. It means to wake up at 5 am or earlier

    • Thanks. I should have read more before asking the question. One more question though, would it be bad to add 100 pull-ups every day? Would that put too much wear on your body to add that to habit #5?

  73. Yahooooooooooooo says:

    Please note that a man is known by the way he treats his old-aged parents. You must edit that.

  74. “There are 3+ billion women in the world and they are all basically the same. Your soul-mate Kimberly isn’t one in a million, at best she is about one in a hundred. She can be replaced and it’s not true love that you feel for her it is infatuation.” I’m only 20 but I’m smart enough to see after 15+ relationships that this is the damn truth. Women are not that impressive to begin with. After you factor their lack of reasoning skills, physical weakness and total lack of responsibility or a sense of justice it’s hard enough to deal with them as it is. I have never let my penis do my thinking for me and I am never getting married. It’s a scam! My dad fell for it but I won’t. He talks to me almost every week about how its a good idea only for me to tell him the truth, which leaves him confused. You can’t fix stupid. The overwhelming majority of people are very stupid so that is why I don’t like most people. This post needs to be taught to very senior in high school before he signs up for college and crushing debt, marries an unworthy Ameriskank and then loses his finances and children after she “doesn’t feel loved” anymore. I pity the fool that does that to himself. Keep up the fight Vic I definitely need you with me to keep focus. It’s so easy to get raped by the long dick of the law in a moment’s notice when it comes to marriage. Don’t say no, say HELL NO!!!

    • I never understood why people fear things such as marriage and college – where there is imagination, there’s a solution.

      Eg -1) College debt? Move to asia and don’t pay it. Buy a house cash, run your own business. Bye bye. The system only reaches so far, and last time I checked, there are no bank of america debt collectors in Ko Samui.

      2) Wife going to leave you and take the house? A little cyanide in her martini should solve that. What’s mine is mine and I will kill to defend it from anyone who tries to take it, female or male. They get no by-ball in my book. As soon as someone tried to take my property, they are an intruder and will be treated as such.

      Personally my wife is awesome. She knows her role, she cooks and cleans, and she is basically my personal assistant. She enjoys having a successful husband sees it as her duty to look after me as it also benefits her. In turn, I look after her. She also knows under no uncertain terms that I will remove her from MY house without hesitation if she doesn’t play ball.

      Its all about respect fellas – I kicked several very hot ladies most guys would cream themselves over to the curb before I found my wife, because I didn’t like their stinking attitudes and I wanted them to learn – a vagina is not a hall pass to act like a bitch, and its pretty easy for a guy like me to find another one in 10.2 seconds.

      End of rant

  75. Pierre-Marc says:

    number 19 – Learn to fight and or shoot a gun, to defend yourself and others against those kind of pieces of shit

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF9lV319yg4

  76. Victor, As a young man I would like to know if a man should act “chivalrous” in public?
    Or is this just BS pushed onto society ny feminism?
    Thanks
    Dave

  77. Great artical Vic. Solid advice for even guys like me who don’t remember being 18. As a younger man I always hated being told by older people that I was too young & inexperienced to be successful. Knowing how I was back then, I probably used it as an excuse to be lazy. It’s total bullshit. Just think about Alexander the Great. He crushed ancient empires led by men twice his age, using nothing more than inductive reasoning. His philosophy and mental approach was superior. And he had big brass ones.

  78. Daniel Plainview says:

    Well, some American women are sure not perfect and the same goes for some American men. Life is a two way street. There are lots of men that are lazy, fat wife beaters. Hope you do find your girlfriend / wife in a foreign land. More for normal American guys to pick from.

  79. I think it’s normal for young men to not know what exactly is going on in the world around them. At 18, there really is nothing wrong with being clueless. However at 25 and in the working world, men should see if the employee model is something that they really want. I lucked out by being pwned by the system before turning 30 and it allowed to question whether I really wanted to partake in American society. That is why I left. I wish I started sooner, but there really is no going back.

  80. Sergio Oliva died last year and Nasser Elsonbatty died early this year from steroid use. Something about messing up their kidneys…….

    • Victor Pride says:

      Honorary #20 to the list – Something about not opening your mouth until you are positive of the facts, so don’t come across as incompetent to people who do know the facts.

  81. This is gold. Absolute fucking gold. Victor, you’re filling an important hole left by lazy fathers in this society. I respect my father for providing for my family and I, but he didn’t pass on any valuable knowledge to me. THIS is what I wish I had been taught by my father.

    And #6, about building your body, is so spot on. It’s about so much more than just building your body, though. It teaches real discipline (often for the first time in most young men’s life, including mine) that translates into literally ANY and EVERY other aspect of life. I was a lazy, depressed pussy for years, and when I started building physical strength, I started building mental strength as well. It taught me that I can set goals and reach them. I can do whatever the fuck I want. No skill is out of reach. The secret is to not fucking sit around and fantasize about it. Just DO. Simple as that. DO what you want and you’ll get what you want.

    Always aim for “non-zero” days. Make sure every day is a non-zero day where you do something towards reaching your goals. Every. Single. Day. Without fail. Zero days are for ZEROS, not HEROES.

    And I never would’ve learned this without the harsh, merciless, unforgiving resistance of a cold steel barbell.

  82. Point 17 – Nobody Believes in You.

    That’s a great one. Accept that and crave not for external approval, and go out and do my thing.
    Thanks!

    Cleve

  83. Another fine example of the excellence you provide on a regular basis, Vic. No 18 year-old couldn’t fare worse than not heeding your advice. Especially when it comes to college and feminism. The thought that at one time women didn’t have to fight for a vote or to own property or establish a line of credit are idiot concepts slapped into textbooks to feminize the young bucks of today. I hate how this isn’t clear to most people. If they have any hope of making it in the world, men need to wise up about girly shit like equality and make sure they take no part in it. Great job dispensing the truth, my man!

  84. Great stuff, Mr. Pride! You do a great service to men across the world. I dropped out of college last spring because it was a HUGE waste of time getting educated. I have three younger sisters. The oldest just turned 13 and you should see them. They are dumber than shit. What you said about women is hitting the nail on the head. My other sister who is my twin keeps telling them they should stand up for themselves and learn to be independent of anyone else and all that bullshit. I have been trying to tell them they should wait until they are on their own and then make some dude a good wife. My family is up in arms over this but they also hate the truth. Do you have advice for a guy in my position? What are other good ways an older brother can raise his sisters right?

    Thanks!
    Marcus

    • Victor Pride says:

      Marcus, the unfortunate reality is that you cannot cope with literally the rest of their world. School, tv, internet, their peers, the rest of the family, all will tell them the same nonsense. They are too far gone, past the point of no return.

  85. Good post, but you forgot one important thing Victor. Many young men face the option of joining the military, where do you stand on that?

  86. I’m a woman and many of the points in this post hit home for me. Thanks

  87. Hey man,

    These are some amazing tips I wished I knew when I was younger. Rock on my dude!

  88. My mom and dad came from india with no money, no education and had me at 19 with less than 10,000 in there bank account. now my dad is worth 3million , i drive a Mercedes Benz and im going to add another 3million by the time im done college # started

  89. Kick-ass list. There’s a lot of flexibility with each point, but it’s generally all good advice. I’ve wasted a good 8 years of life with no direction cause I wanted the safe/cushy existance only to realize a real man must always be growing and pushing his limits to feel alive. It’s the only thing that lights a fire up under your ass, gives you purpose and lets you truly feel joy and happiness at the end of a hard day.

  90. I’m 24 and I think these things still apply. I love the way you think, especially since you are basically encouraging people to not conform with the usual “American Dream.” I believe the same thing. We all have our own definition of success. Maybe some of us just wanna have a peace of mind. Maybe some of us just want to help others. And the list goes on. The problem with society is that they have this preconceived notion of success that you are only an achiever if you are rich and has a 9-5 job, or you have your own car, a house, a great wife and kids. There’s nothing wrong with those things, they’re amazing actually, but they society should stop shoving it down our throats because it’s not a one size fits all thing.

  91. Just found your site love it man, already one of my favourites.

  92. Arguably one of my favorite posts on the site, and I’ve read them all.
    Probably 4 times each.

    Re-visited this article while doing work on a site I’ve been working on since reading the “so you want to be a professional blogger” posts, and since I posted extensively about the B.S. that is college in the states, I thought I’d link it up here.

    http://mymorningbacon.com/ive-stayed-college/

    here it is! visit, enjoy, and check back later for growth!
    keep up the good shit, vic!

    Michael

  93. This article just got me wet. Even though I already new 90% of these things, its great to see them written down by somebody else.

  94. In all serious I could definitely use a mentor like you in my life.

  95. so i sat here in class and read this article.one question, where are you life right now?

  96. Hi Victor I’m a huge fan of your blog and I just turned 18 Tuesday!!! Problem is that I have no money. I want to become independent via graphic design and WordPress, but my parents totally object to it. My parents consider my mentor who taught me graphic design to be a cult leader which is total BS, since he is a Lone Wolf, just like I am. My parents are total idiots and will do just about anything to bar me from contacting my mentor. Do you have any suggestions?

    -Sincerely yours, Max

    • Victor Pride says:

      Why do your parents think your mentor is a cult leader? And have you thought of the possibility that maybe they are right in not wanting you to associate with this person?

  97. Hey Vic,

    In relation to point number 3 about moving to Asia, I’ve been seriously considering this. Are there any books you would recommend reading or other resources for moving to Thailaind from a 1st world country?

    Cheers

  98. I live in Holland and have Islamic Pakistani parents.
    I’m turning 18 years old in about 8 months.
    They think I’m going to marry my Pakistani niece in Pakistan as sooon as I turn 18.
    They think I’m going to going to an university.
    As soon as I’m 18 I’m going to skip college spare some money, go to another city,get a room,live far below my means, get a side job to pay the rent and food, and build an entrepreneurial gig.
    Now I love my parents dearly…
    But my parents told me that if I move out,don’t go to university and don’t marry my niece in Pakistan.
    They’ll never contact me again….
    Now as I’ve said I love my parents and I know I”m going to do WHATEVER THE FUCK I WANNA DO!!!!
    But Uncle Victor…………………………….Is this wrong?

    • Victor Pride says:

      Is it wrong? Yes, it’s wrong to marry your niece.

    • It’s your life, Xavi. I’d be surprised if it’s even legal to marry your niece in Holland, but it’s messed up and I’d have no part of it. If your parents love you they’ll understand, if not, screw them. No sense keeping them in your life to hold you back. Besides, you’d be miserable married at 18.

      Be a man, control your life. Get out.

  99. Hey, Victor, I would like some advice:

    First, some context. I am from Mexico, I’m 22, and I’m studying a Math Degree, with a lot of wasted time determining if I should study that or not.

    Two years ago, I believe, I have a broke up with my girlfriend (been dating her since I had 15 years, I believe). Up until that point, I loved Math, and all the logic aspects of it. But with the broke up, it came a lot of unstability in my life, and I stopped caring for my degree.

    But with the increased insecurity in my country, I’ve been thinking to live in another country, and been looking at how to accomplish this with the Math degree. I could earn a scolarship if I focus with this, and I really believe I can be successful in this field. If I put a stop to the procastrinating in my part.

    What are your thoughts? Should I continue with this or I’m losing my time?

  100. Gensoukyou1337 says:

    I’m 21 years old… and I doubt it’s too late for me to follow these advices. Is it?

  101. I’d have liked to have found this information earlier than what I am now. I agree, women can be set aside for now. Or at least pick up some game so you’re not spinning your wheels day and night wasting precious hustlin’ time.

    Your family is fulla shit rings true, unless your folks are ballin’ with an epic bank roll already. If your folks are average Joe’s then there’s no reason to believe that they’ve got all the answers you need (unless their life is what you truly desire, then go right ahead)

    Good stuff Victor.

  102. What an awesome article!

    I’m 18 years old, and i finished highschool and chose not to go to college for these reasons. I actually follow all of these tips. My father didn’t even finish 9th grade, started his own company at 16, now he’s a self employed multi-millionaire and he’s only 40. Every single tip you gave (besides for moving out of the country) are the things he tells me every day. I’m working my way up to take over his company now, by the time i’m 23 i should be in charge, but that’s only if i work my ass off, nothing’s handed to you! Just like in #14, sales or manual labor. My fathers company is one of the biggest construction companies in my area, and i’m a salesman currently, making $100,000 a year salary. AT 18! Just this week i got paid $2500 after taxes. My father says the same thing about money. Without money, you’re nothing. Money is power. It’s the truth too. All the people who say “money is evil!” Clearly do not make enough money to realize all the benefits. Only downside, is you have to work your ass off, but that’s only a downside if you’re lazy and don’t want to get off your ass and do something. For me, if i miss a day of work for being sick, or miss going to the gym one day, i feel like a bum and i hate it. Each time you get to cross out one of your goals for that day or moment, you receive a huge rush and just feel amazing! What’s better than that? You don’t need a piece of paper saying you went to college for a few years, congratulations here’s a nickel (this would have been cooler in person ha), i’d take hands on life experience over someone trying to teach you something that’s completely irrelevant every single time. That’s what business owners look for nowadays anyway! I cannot even count the amount of times someone has come in to apply for a job for my dads company, with a great resume and went to a great school, and get’s fired 3-5 days later.

    I didn’t mean to sound cocky or anything by this post! I just wanted to share how everything Victor said, is 100 percent accurate, and i had to talk about myself to show some evidence of that. To all us young adults, follow this advice! Because it couldn’t have been said any better.

  103. Victor,

    Excellent article, wish I read it when I was 18. Vic, I’m 24 now and about to start my 9-5 office job next week. I’m building a PT business on the side.

    I struggle with the trade off between fully committing to building my part time business every weekday (after my 9-5) V.S. out DayGaming after work or Night Gaming on weekends. My testosterone craves for pussy and its hard for me to sacrifice this short term pleasure for the long term reward of building my business in 2-5 years and become financially independent.

    The successful entrepreneurs in my industry argue that its worth the sacrifice to build this business in the short term (2-5 year business model), while I’m still young in my mid twenties, to achieve the financial independence to enjoy the long term pleasures of freedom. Its the constant need for fresh poon and building/restocking up my leads thats stopping me from building my part time business with momentum.

    For a man who has gone through his twenties, with your experience and wisdom, what is your feedback? Thanks I appreciate it brother.

  104. I have preached this sermon everyday to my now grown sons ! Except #13 and with the exception that maybe college doesn’t hurt.. you may find connections… especially if you have a scholarship :)

  105. I stumbled across this and I am impressed that someone would speak so boldly. As an American woman, I never understood the stance for Feminism. I truly do not believe in it. I would be more than happy to cook, clean and take care of my husband, as I do. I still work outside the home. I never had children. I wanted the adventure but never truly fulfilled it. I slave away at work and I’m sick of it. While, not everything you wrote I can use, buy most of it I can, even as a woman. I plan on passing this around to everyone I know. Not everyone fits the “mold” of college, marriage, kids.

  106. A fine article, action is vital and what’s best is often the simplest choice. All to often we victimize ourselves with laziness. This 18 year old is glad to have read your article, its almost reassuring. It has confirmed many suspicions I have had about the world.

    My only slight issue, the fools that wrote, “money is the root of all evil,” also wrote the rest of the Bible, which also states that money is a security, and is necessary. Just for clarification, its okay to use quotes, however in this case, the context drives a better point. Money is a necessity, but responsibility is also necessary.

    • Look, its LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Not just money, LOVE of money. It means that youd do absolutly anything to get money, you would hurt other people as well as yourself, make a slave out of you, in order to have money. You understand? The importance about money is security and liberty. But if you live your life as a slave to money its leads you to evil deeds. Thats why LOVE of money is evil NOT money itself. Money is wonderful, it gives you liberty, women and a bunch of nice shit.

      • Someone who works so much, spend so much time at a meaningless job, trading is life away for more money, mever seeing his kids, never taking time to raise them properly, never take time to take care of his own health and never have the time and liberty to enjoy and build his life for the better just to make more bucks, thats someone who in my own opinion has money as his master. The love of money leads him to have a shitty lifestyle.

        • That doesnt mean that its wrong to want shitloads of money. Its a good thing. Its better to be rich than poor and you can live a better life this way, and ease other people’s’life around yoy too (whitout spoon feeding them).

      • Ah yes, I spoke of context in my comment, yet neglected to paraphrase correctly.

        My meaning was “love of money”, my issue was actually it being seemingly used out of context in the article. It is a security, and a necessity, and the same “fools” that the article suggests the Bible writers are, also wrote that.

        Basically you need money, certain wants can be needs as well. I fully agree with you as that is exactly what I meant.

  107. Does anyone here work in the oil fields?

  108. This post really fires me up. I’m not 18 but just knowing these things helps to clarify and solidify my own outlook on life. Great post Vic

  109. NjabuloWest says:

    This guy’s post make me realise how fucked up the world has become, its sad that some people are made to feel guilty due to their skin color and dont me started of feminism, complete horse crap.

  110. Don Andrés says:

    I just turned 18 today, though I still look very boy-ish and a little short (but handsome! I have a lot of girls that like me). I read and re-read your blog very frequently and it has made me set out on path to real manhood. I have been lifting that iron 3 time a week and eating more fats to build testosterone and done 99% of the things on 30 Days of Discipline, which I will complete in it’s full form when school’s over.

    There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I just wanted to thank you for writing these things. If I hadn’t found your website I would probably be developing into a real mangina that can’t achieve his own goals. When I have built that body of a Spartan and gotten that first check from my internet business I will make sure to tell you in another comment.

  111. Dear Victor, I love your site and I find it truly inspiring BUT I’m a GIRL and I find it sometimes rather discriminatory and sexist; women should get rich too , right ? and not just spend their life giving birth to children and wasting men’s money so try to adress your blog to both sexes. Would be awesome

    • Victor Pride says:

      I only approved your comment due to the timing of the newest post. Do 2 things for me 1) read the new post entitled “So You Want to Be a Professional Badass” and 2) shut the fuck up.

  112. Great article! I also believe that focusing on money and building a life for yourself is definitely more important than woman, at least, at the age! But then again, who in the right mind would wanna get married at 18?

  113. Hey I’m 17 years old an i start college in the fall, I am a female and i wont turn 18 till march or 2015. I currently own my own business and i do a lot of things. but my question for you is what should i be focusing on or doing in life because i feel like everyone else is pushing me to do what they want and what they believe is the best for me. but really i’m not sure what I should be doing right now in my life

  114. So should I keep my money and save it or spend it on travel?

  115. TheMantle says:

    “. White people are the least racist, least sexist people on the face of the earth and I can assure you that is a fact.”

    Come on now we all know that’s bullshit.

  116. Wow, this literally changed my life. I found this by complete mistake, when miraculously I turn 18 in 3 days. I got charged with a DUI last month and some other serious charges and lost my girlfriend of 3 years and it put me in a horrible depression and I started to lose sight of who i am and really think my life was over. But man, this pulled me out of that shit the second. All this pressure of majoring in some big time field, Your right, fuck that shit thats not even what I want. That’s me being a slave to society. I’m going to do what I enjoy and switch it up, maybe even learn some trades and possibly go into business. I could never repay you for the knowlage I just obtained. I’m no longer fearful of the future, in fact I’m excited. Your a life saver man, seriously.

  117. Victor,

    All I can say is, we need more Men like you in this world man. This article should receive an award.

  118. Dude, Victor

    This stuff is gold man! I’m glad I found out about your website at a young age. Stuff like this helps me out a lot man. Thanks for writing these posts!

    Will be stopping by more in the future.

    Take care,

  119. Thanks a lot Vic,

    I’ve decided to move on from college. Full disapproval from friends and family, means I’m doing something right. I definitely feel its not for me. My dream of running a successful website is fully in the works! New journey.. new excitement.

    Check out my website, new post on change and dropping out.

    http://liftingandthinking.wordpress.com

  120. I wish I knew this, when I was 18

  121. Vic, how would you suggest a young man meets up with women/enjoys himself if he doesn’t go to college or make women his number one priority?
    I’m graduating this year and I’m traveling to Eastern Europe for a few months with some money I’ve saved and I was curious as to how a young guy (who knows no one in the area) can meet up with women and have a good time.
    By the way, I listened to a D&P podcast with Chris from GLL and both said that college is great for women/partying.
    You always tell young men not to go to college.
    Where did you go for fun during college, and how did you meet up with people when you went to new areas?

    • Victor Pride says:

      Your question is “How do I meet people?”. The answer is say hello when you see a girl you like. Also get online to meet girls in country xyz.

      • Great, thanks for the answer.
        Also, like I had said, where are good places to have fun/party outside of college?
        Just foreign clubs? It seems like you’d have to know locals because I can’t see me going by myself.
        Did you get involved in a lot of University activities/frats/clubs to meet people or what did you do?

        • Victor Pride says:

          Eastern Europe, you will find things to do. You can also go to college parties, they don’t ask for a student ID to get in.

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